HGI January 2016
“Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity.” - Rollo May
As we begin another school year we can’t help but feel both proud and fortunate as we observe a community that is living by the values that our students deem most important; Responsibility, Acceptance, Initiative, Optimism, and Uniqueness. Our learning community has proved that when we live by these values, the school experience is as joyful as it is educative and the identity of this community is one of worth and dignity. As we live by these values, we also deem it important that as a school we establish a framework for the school experience as a means to focus the diverse and sustainable opportunities for which we strive that include making a real difference in the real world. Our four Pillars are the “HGI’S” that we have quietly owned for years and provide the framework that informs school initiatives intended to engage the entire HGI learning community:
Humanity: Promoting belonging, community, global citizenship and a healthy learning environment—the groundwork for personal growth and development.
Growth: Seeking challenging experiences as a means to cultivate curiosity and realize the true potential for learning.
Innovation: Taking the risks and disruptive leaps necessary to align new and relevant goals for learning with the rapidly changing world.
Sustainability: Intentionally infusing sustainability initiatives to connect environmental stewardship, social action, and community partnerships to improve the way that we live.
Our learning community consists of our students, their families, friends, teachers, educational assistants and school support staff, and extends to the many leaders and entrepreneurs who lead by example and contribute positively to making a difference. As we work together we strengthen our relationships and learn how to communicate in ways that create the conditions for growth, development, and positive change. Our school focus teams lead the way and have committed to specific projects grounded by our framework. We encourage you to join us as we share our learning, call our community to action, and celebrate our successes through monthly assemblies. On Tuesday, October 27, our Social Action Focus Team in partnership with our Grade 9 Leadership students, will kick off a Global Citizenship assembly highlighting a “Plastic Bag Challenge,” “HGI’s Recycling Program” and “We Day, 2015.”
Thank you for help, patience, and support in getting another school year off the ground. We are now in full flight and look forward to this year’s journey.
Peggy Hobson and Mike Pizzi
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